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    Hello everybody, Recently, I've been obsessed by all the tepuis Heliamphoras grow at and started to collect Heliamphora clones from different tepuis to collect them all one day. But I noticed something strange to me. In numerous articles I read about tepuis I haven't come across the name Apacapa tepui, which was strange, as it is my favourite location of H.exappendiculata. When I googled specifically "Apacapa" tepui I only got results showing web pages of sellers (like Wistuba) and grower that all have their plants labelled "Apacapa tepui", no literature or scientific articles at all. When you look at some of the online sources listing tepuis that support Heliaphora, like Distribution of Heliamphora or Heliamphora: the various ranges and tepuis, none of them lists "Apacapa tepui". There are two similarly named tepuis that are part of the Chimantá Massif where H.exappendiculata grows though - Apacará tepui and Abacapá tepui. I started to think that "Apacapa" must be a typo of one of those tepuis. Then I found the only literature on the internet that mentions Apacapa tepui - it is the Heliamphora exappendiculata description published in Carnivorous Plant Newsletter, available here. In the part of the article called "Specimens examined" there are, among others, mentioned herbarium specimens from both "Apacapa tepui" (Apacapa-tepui, 2125-2300 m, 13.04.1953 Steyermark No. 74888 (VEN, K)) and Apacará tepui (Apacara-tepui, 1900 m, 08.07.1946, Cardona No. 51648 (VEN)). This put Apacará out of the game and I thought that Apacapa is a typo of the right name Abacapá. In the above-mentioned article, there is a picture - a scan of one herbarium specimen provided by the New York Botanical Garden. So I checked the website of the New York Botanical Garden and found out it has a virtual herbarium (which is amazing btw)! So I searched for the herbarium specimen from that article (Apacapa-tepui, 2125-2300 m, 13.04.1953 Steyermark No. 74888 (VEN, K) and found the answer - the correct location of that specimen is Abacapá tepui. You can check for yourself Heliamphora exappendiculata (Maguire & Steyerm.) Nerz & Wistuba. That means that Apacapa tepui is, indeed, a typo of Abacapá tepui, at least in that article. So, unless Apacapa is a new tepui, that is not mentioned anywhere in the literature, to me "Apacapa" does not exist and all the plants in cultivation localised as "Apacapa" should be re-labelled to "Abacapá". It doesn't make a huge difference really, but what is the point of providing location information when it's adressing a non-existent place :) I tried to reach the authors via e-mail but so far without any more details on this topic. If you happen to know anything related to this, please, join the discussion :) Pavel Vrana
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    Hi propag8 and welcome to the forums. I'm sure that there will be members here who can assist with your quest. Cheers Steve
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    I would cut the stem back until the scar shows only green tissue, as there is a chance that any rot in dead tissue could spread. Fungicide might help, but I don't know which to recommend, I'm afraid.
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    Hello, I'm not a Nepenthes expert, but the two dark ones don't look very hopeful I'm afraid. Is there any green in the stem at all? The other two look like they'll be ok. I tend to prioritise humidity with new plants - I use a ziplock bag for each pot so that I can gradually open them when each plant starts growing. Does the propagator completely mist up? If so, good! Your mix looks good and well-drained, so I'd keep them on the moist side. They won't need watering much at all if the humidity is close to 100%. Light is less important at first, so I wouldn't keep them too close to the lamp. Lower night temps would help. Good luck!
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    Whoop, whoop. Drosophyllum!
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    Very very interesting! I’ve never heard that a veitchii too had digested a mouse!! About the truncata, I’ve seen your photos of 2007 and another your video.... Your truncata and veitchii are amazing (I’ve a very small truncata e a extremely small veitchii and I hope they will become a little similar to yours!!!!). the video is interesting also for seeing the size of the pot of extremely big nepenthes like yours!!!! I new in growing nepenthes and I really appreciate the video, thanks again!!!
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    Nepenthes truncata and N. veitchii capture five house mice, but no shrew. This winter, we had a whole shrew family (Soricidae species) in our greenhouse. These predators are not interested in Nepenthes nectar; therefore, none of them became captured. If house mice come for a visit, things look very different. Here is our film on the overall five house mice (Mus musculus), meanwhile captured by Nepenthes inside our greenhouse.
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    Here we go again,I agree a very poor description of HG,the red one pictured looks like Big boy to me though,for what it's worth
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    " Editor's note: ....... Growers with gigantic Cephalotus specimens can be quite confident it is the same clone that John described in his article." I Measured this one 7.5cm pitcher, so is this 'Hummer's Giant'?
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    In the first half dozen CPs I bought a couple of years ago I got seedlings in the pots which turned out to be 2 species of Drosera, 2 Utricularia and 3 Sarracenia. Free stuff is great, but 2 years down the line, I have given up trying to get D. spatulata and U. bisquamata out of pots of anything else.
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    I agree with ADA. all temperate species must stay outside all year round (no refrigerator needed),I would even say Mexican from May to October 'in situ' often hibernacula form in JULY - AUGUST . I think we should leave them outside here, even at the risk of restarting, but nevertheless bring them in if they have leaves when it freezes (this risks making them die)
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    Used to use the garden centre 'lime free' RHS stuff but had some quite dusty stuff that took forever to wash. This one's not cheap but convenient to get it delivered. Had two more bags this week. When times are more normal I'll check out a few of the local aquarium shops.
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    Hi, I use the white stuff too and had no problems. Don't bother to wash it either as it's fairly clean out of the bag. Quite a nice even grit size too. Get mine off Amazon.
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    temperate pinguicula need to be grown outside! they will grow inside but long term it will do them harm and eventually lead to death. They form premature hibernacula when they get too warm,they will resume growth again when it cools down but this is at the expense of the plants energy reserves and it will be smaller and then when winter comes it might not have the reserves to survive until spring. They need to be outside
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    The bags do say suitable for aquarium so it should be good for CPs. Make sure it is silica sand and I should certainly wash it and finish with a rainwater wash before using to be safe. If you have a TDS meter then suggest checking after you have done your final wash. Total Dissolved Solids should be between 10 and 20 ppm after giving it a good wash. TDS meters can be bought cheaply on Amazon if you do not have one (£10 - £15). Rob
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    Drosera binata comes in many forms, both red and green, so it's entirely possible it's a binata. Not sure about the others without checking as I'm no expert but it could be D. spatulata. Looks like you have some Utricularia in that pot as well.
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    I was down at Matthew's nursery the other week. He's got some fantastic plants. I hope you enjoy yours. Needless to say, I bought more than I should have (if there's such a thing).
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    Yep you’re hooked. Best of luck and enjoy the pleasure these plants bring. cheers Steve
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    There is a new paper on Heliamphora phylogeny and biogeography here: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.29.068395v1.full It uses DNA to work out the relationships of Heliamphora and includes all but one named species and two as yet undescribed species. Most of the species evolve locally but there are a few long distance dispersal events.
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    Hi Weedabix I've never heard of seagulls taking a fancy to Sarracenia and there are a fair few growers close to the coastal regions in this forum - so a qualified no to that one. No plant likes abrupt changes in environment, especially on a daily basis, if you have Sarracenias put them outside and if they are braced against the wind (including sticks and ties to the pitchers if necessary), stood in water and in full sun, they should acclimate to the conditions unless the area is exceptionally exposed. Fungus gnats are not normally a big problem and can be controlled. Cheers Steve
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    Adult sarracenias dont do very well in the winter in heated appartement. They Will need to experience winter dormancy.
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    Good knowledgeable website you have
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    In next couple comments I'll add pictures from late 2018 and 2019 which were posted on Facebook but not here - shame on me! :) Heliamphora elongata "Flat lid" (Karaurin Tepui) M. Schach clone Not showing her true potential yet (not that this is a heterophyllous species) but the golden hue inside of the pitchers is the thing that always draws my attention. Heliamphora nutans "Giant clone" (Roraimita) A. Wistuba clone Very nice and robust grower but it clearly bears some H. glabra introgression which can be seen by the lid shape and glabrous inner surface of the pitchers. Heliamphora spec. Yuruani Tepui B Quite a mysterious clone / species / hybrid which looks like H. nutans but the H. nutans we know from Yuruani Tepui are completely different plants - much shorter and stouter. Unfortunately I have no further data on this clone. Does it really come from Yuruani?
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    Hello. I'm definitely not a succulent expert, but the cactus looks fine. Maybe it got too cold or wet? Sudden increase in sun or heat? If it's not getting any worse, I wouldn't worry. The other one (maybe a Haworthia or sempervivum?) definitely looks like it's being eaten. The damage looks like molluscs, but the black specks look like insect droppings so I'm not sure. You could try slug pellets and/or a systemic insecticide?
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    It's been a while since I posted pictures last time, so there's going to be a bigger batch this time. Mostly pure species. Here we go: Here's the popular and amongst the best H. neblinae clones out there. Good grower - currently slowly reaching 30cm in height but I'm sure it's capable of more. Amongst the best exappendiculata clones - how can you not love it for such a big bubbles? :) My very own baby of H. huberi - at such a young age having mature pitchers. I wonder how big it finally gets and I really hope it keeps vertical growth habit of lids - would be something unusual compared to all popular clones of this species.
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    Apart from Heliamphora I also put other CPs in my highland terraria but it depends on the current amount of space, part of the year etc. Some, like Cephalotus for example, grow outdoors most part of the year. This time I'm adding couple pictures of temporary inhabitants... Okay, some Helis as well :) All are relatively young plants.
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    thanks all :) Jaicen, these are esseriana. Here a recent shot - I suppose the immaculata are gone Pinguicula bowl Mar 2015 by Martin Hingst, auf Flickr
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    Hi Bill,i try to grow it as "natural" as i can.Meaning that where they grow the water runs straight off(from some of the pictures i've seen)but they get plenty of sun,but cool temperatures on top of the Tepui(i think thats right)so they get humidity from the bathroom(2 daughters + the wife)but the window is always open directly above the plant to cool it down. I think last winter was a cold one and anything slightly susceptable will have died,flowering could have caused this.I think you were just unlucky with the timing of flowering/cold,plus the plant dies anyway after flowering--just too many factors happening at once. Gratz, I put don't try this at home because my tap water is O.K to use on cp's,i've used it for years on all my plants at one time or another with no ill effects. Find out how hard/soft yours is first,or try it on something you can afford to lose for a season. ada